Loudoun Inova Hospital & VA Tech Locomotion Research Laboratory
Our 3rd Annual Fall Prevention Summit was held September 23rd at the Fair Oaks Hyatt Hotel in Fairfax Virginia.
Collaborating with us this year was Loudoun Inova Hospital and the Grado Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
We presented a model for a community based fall prevention plan. This model was developed by the members of the NVFPC and can be readily replicated by other communities across the country.
Loudoun Inova is a making a significant step forward to reduce the number of falls experienced by our elders. Inova Loudoun hospital is developing a data collection process to monitor these important elements:
- Emergency room fall incidents data, taken from that patient visit
- Evaluation of individuals who are at risk for fall with their fall history; and, follow up programs for those individuals.
An additional milestone development is the collaboration between the NVFPC and the Locomotion Research Laboratory. Dr. Thurman Lockhart, Director of the Locomotion Research Laboratory, Virginia Tech, is a leading researcher of elder fall prevention. Dr. Lockhart initiated discussions with the NVFPC in developing a center for fall prevention. Our member’s community fall risk assessment program will provide Dr. Lockhart and his team of researchers an ideal environment to refine fall risk assessment technology.
Both of these collaborations of private business, non-profit organizations, and academia, is a model that can be replicated in other communities, a great example of communities providing services without relying on government funding.
Attendees enjoyed breakfast and found out how they can introduce this program into their communities!